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You are what you read…



From Lauren Leto, an amusing exercise in “Stereotyping People by Their Favorite Author.”  Some excepts:

J.D. Salinger

Kids who don’t fit in (duh).

Stephenie Meyer

People who type like this: OMG. Mah fAvvv <3 <3.

J.K. Rowling

Smart geeks.

Haruki Murakami

People who like good music.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

People who can start a fire.

Nathaniel Hawthorne

People who used to sleep so heavy that they would pee their pants.

Charles Dickens

Ninth graders who think they’re going to be authors someday but end up in marketing.

John Grisham

Doctors who went to medical schools in the Dominican Republic.

Dan Brown

People who used to get lost in supermarkets when they were kids.

Readers will find many more meaningful match-ups here.

[TotH to @temiri]


As we simmer at the shelves, we might send muckraking birthday greetings to Upton Beall Sinclair Jr.; he was born on this date in 1878.  Sinclair paid his way through City College and Columbia writing dime novels, then turned to journalism.  Moved by what he saw (and heard and smelled) in covering the Chicago stockyards, he wrote his first novel, The Jungle.  Unable to find a publisher willing to release an expose of conditions in the U.S. meatpacking industry, he published it himself– and created a public uproar sufficient to drive, within months, the Pure Food and Drug Act and the Meat Inspection Act.  Sinclair tried his hand as a politician, but stayed true to his typewriter: before he died in 1968, he had written over 100 books of fiction and non-fiction– including the novel Oil, which was the basis of  Paul Thomas Anderson’s film There Will Be Blood.

Writing of Sinclair in 1957, Time pronounced him, “a man with every gift except humor and silence.”



Written by (Roughly) Daily

September 20, 2012 at 1:01 am

Hold that pose!…

Painter and Monty Python-inspiration Paul Gaugin, playing Alphonse Mucha’s harmonium

Madame and Monsieur Monet, birding

See more “Extremely Silly Photos of Extremely Serious Artists“… and as a bonus, check out “Extremely Silly Photos of Extremely Serious Writers,” e.g….

a kneeling Marcel Proust on air guitar

Readers might also enjoy Mark Crick’s Household Tips of the Great Writers, and his previous assays of advice, Sartre’s Sink: The Great Writers’ Complete Book of DIYKafka’s Soup: A Complete History of World Literature in 17 Recipes, and Machiavelli’s Lawn: The Great Writers’ Garden Companion


As we say “cheese,” we might recall that it was on this date in 2002 that President George W. Bush invoked the 25th Amendment to transfer executive authority to Vice President Dick Cheney while the president underwent a colonoscopy.  President Bush transferred authority to Cheney again when he had another colonoscopy five years later.

from The Washington Post


Written by (Roughly) Daily

June 29, 2012 at 1:01 am

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